• Vinay Kumar, hat-trick, Karnataka Vs Mumabi, Nagpur, Abhimanyu Easwaran,
    Vinay Kumar hat-trick puts Karnataka on top over Mumbai on day one. Photo Credit: PTI.

    In the quarterfinal leg of the ongoing Ranji Trophy 2017-18 season on day one, Karnataka skipper Vinay Kumar led from the front — to dismiss Mumbai in 56 overs at the paltry score of 173 in Nagpur on Thursday (December 7).

    The discarded Indian fast bowler Vinay claimed a six-wicket haul, as he conceded just 24 runs in 15 overs. Against the 41-time Ranji champions, Karnataka skipper Vinay strangulated the decent side owing to his accuracy which made things eventually tricky for Mumbai batsmen.

    Vinay sent back first four batsmen of Mumbai to the pavilion which further saw Aditya Tare-led side was reeling at 21 for four in 8.4 overs. Interestingly, Dhawal Kulkarni was the top-scorer with 75 off 132 balls, as he struck nine boundaries and two maximums. From Karnataka, Sreenath Aravind claimed two wickets, as Krishnappa Gowtham and Abhimanyu Mithun picked wicket apiece.

    However, at stumps, Karnataka was trailing by 58 in the first innings total, as the side posted 115 for one in 29 overs. The solitary wicket of Ravikumar Samaratha was claimed by Shivam Dubey, who bowled the former when he was batting on 40 off 57 deliveries.

    Being in prolific form, opening batsman Mayank Agarwal is unbeaten on 62 off 83 balls alongside Kaunain Abbas, who scored 12 off 35 balls. The 26-year-old right-handed batsman Agarwal has grabbed headlines for amassing runs for state side of late in the premium domestic competition.

    For the first-wicket stand, Agarwal alongside Samarth registered 83 runs in 18 overs. The former smashed eight boundaries and a solitary six while scoring at the strike-rate of 74.70.

    Gujarat vs Bengal in Jaipur:

    In another fixture in Jaipur, Manoj Tiwari-led Bengal is in control after posting 261 for six in 86 overs at stumps. For Gujarat, Ishwar Chaudhary was the pick of the bowlers, as he bagged three wickets after giving away 49 runs in 20 overs.

    The promising youngster Chintan Gaja, who has been on song this season claimed two wickets, as Siddharth Desai managed to pick a wicket of Anustup Majumdar when skipper Parthiv Patil affected a stumping. Boddupalli Amit was batting on eight off 30 deliveries, as Aamir Gani scored six off 15 balls.

    Early in the day, Bengal was reeling at 59 for four in 17.4 overs which further saw opener Abhimanyu Easwaran smashing magnificent 129 off 246, as he fell at the stroke of stumps on day one. The 22-year-old right-handed batsman Easwaran smashed 17 boundaries. He was equally supported by Majumdar who scored 94 off 177 balls.

    For the fifth wicket, Easwaran alongside Majumdar forged 175-run stand to steady the Lankan ship.

    In Surat, the match between Kerala and Vidarbha saw just 24 overs getting bowled, as Vidarbha after winning the toss elected to bat first. Vidarbha scored 45, as the wet outfield forced the officials to start the match late.

    KC Akshay claimed two wickets as MD Nidheesh managed to collect a wicket of skipper Faiz Fazal (2 off 23). Wasim Jaffer scored just 12 off 27 and opener Sanjay Ramaswamy trudged off the ground on 17 after facing 64 balls.

    Ganesh Satish is batting on seven off 20 balls, and Karn Sharma scored the same amount of runs in 10 balls. Madhya Pradesh against Delhi managed to score 223 for six on day one owing to the completion of 90 overs. The gloveman and opening batsman Ankit Dane scored 59 off 97 balls, as his innings got comprised of seven boundaries and a six.

    However, Naman Ojha scored 49 off 107 balls, and Harpreet Singh is batting on 47 off 101 balls alongside Puneet Datey (8 off 36).

    For Delhi in Vijayawada, the 24-year-old left-arm unorthodox spinner Vikas Mishra bagged three wickets. His bowling figures read three for 40 in 24 overs. Vikas Tokas alongside Manan Sharma and Navdeep Saini collected a wicket each.

    Here’s the detailed scorecard of all eight teams for the day one of quarterfinal:

    Karnataka vs Mumbai

    Gujarat vs Bengal

    Kerala vs Vidarbha

    Delhi vs Madhya Pradesh

    Here’s the hat-trick video when Mumbai was struggling at seven for three:

    (Read Also: IND vs SL 2017: Team India’s Slip Fielding Woes Worries Pujara)

    (Read Further: India register ninth straight series win after drawing Kotla Test)

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    Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Sportzwiki.com, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor

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